Volunteer Opportunities

Most of our regular shifts are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. You may be involved in helping with any of the following activities:

  • Preparing food orders
  • Unloading deliveries
  • Sorting and packaging food
  • Shopping with Neighbours
  • Delivering groceries
  • Assisting in the kitchen

After hours, many volunteers participate in fundraising and community events.


Our next volunteer orientation will be in early September 2024. Thank you for your patience and wishing you a wonderful summer! 

Recipes For Change

Interested in volunteering as a group? With your coworkers? With your friends? Recipes for Change is for you! 

This group volunteer workshop brings people together to prepare meals for our Neighbours, while considering our own roles in the larger food system. Interactive, thought-provoking, and empowering: participants build skills, knowledge, and connection by preparing a delicious meal from scratch together and participating in facilitated discussions on food issues and how we can take on an active role in reframing food charity paradigms using social justice strategies.

🕒Timing: ~3 hours

👥 Group Size: 10-20 in person

🖥️ Platform: In-Person

📕 Learning: Materials around the themes explored during the workshop are delivered to participants before the workshop

💰Price: $60 per person


For more information, please email Chef Anna at anna@parkdalefoodcentre.org 

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Welcome, Friend

Collectively, we share the belief that:
  1. Food is a basic human right, and is fundamental to physical, mental, and emotional health.
  2. Everyone, regardless of their economic means, age, gender, abilities, or ethnicity, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
  3. A physically and emotionally safe environment is key to building strong communities.
  4. Positive social change happens one person at a time.
  5. Partnerships create strong communities.
  6. It is our responsibility to challenge inequalities and raise awareness.
  7. Creativity and innovation are to be encouraged and embraced.
  8. Engaged staff and volunteers are vital to our success
  9. Being a leader, and encouraging leadership in others, will create momentum and growth.

Host an Event or Fundraiser

Parkdale Food Centre only gets a small amount of funding from the City of Ottawa. To be able to share healthy food, warm meals, and support to all Neighbours, we love collaboration and support from people just like you and organizations just like yours.

One of the best ways to help is to organize an event on our behalf. This not only raises support but also raises awareness of food security needs in Ottawa.